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How to make weed tea

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  1. What are the effects of weed tea?
  2. What do you need to make weed tea?
  3. How to make weed tea
  4. Other weed tea recipes

Cannabis tea is a soothing drink made by steeping cannabis in hot water. Weed tea has been used for millennia to treat a variety of ailments from nausea to chronic pain.

Cannabis tea is a soothing drink made by steeping cannabis in hot water. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Drinking your weed in tea form offers the same potent and long-lasting effects as edibles, but with little-to-zero calories. Tea is also an excellent option for individuals who don’t enjoy, or want to avoid the potential risks of, smoking but still want the benefits of cannabis.

What are the effects of weed tea?

Since weed tea is basically an edible, the effects are the same as consuming the same amount of the same strain via other edible methods. It can take about 30 to 90 minutes for the full effects of weed tea’s THC to kick in, but the actual onset you can expect depends on a variety of factors, including the makeup of your endocannabinoid system and other health factors.

It’s important to dose in moderation, follow the “start low, go slow” adage, and wait at least two hours after consuming cannabis tea before ingesting any more. Also, as an edible, the THC in weed tea metabolizes in the liver, which transforms it into the much more potent and long-lasting 11-hydroxy-THC. The effects of weed tea typically last up to eight hours.

What do you need to make weed tea?

It’s simple to brew cannabis tea with a few ingredients, supplies typically lying around the house, and your favorite bud. For this recipe, you’ll need to assemble the following:

  • 1 gram of cannabis.
  • 1 tbsp of unsalted butter OR coconut oil.
  • 1 teabag, or loose-leaf tea, if preferred.
  • 4 cups of water.
  • Any ingredients you’d add to tea, such as honey or cinnamon.
  • A mug.
  • A teapot or saucepan.
  • A spoon.
  • A fine strainer, cheesecloth, or coffee filters.

It’s simple to brew cannabis tea with a few ingredients, supplies typically lying around the house, and your favorite bud. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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How to make weed tea

To begin, grind your cannabis until it’s broken up but not completely powdered. You can also opt to chop your bud with a sharp knife. Be sure to separate all the stems and seeds from the mix, if desired.

Boil four cups of water in the teapot on the stove. Once the water boils, add the butter or coconut oil and allow it to completely dissolve. This fatty addition acts as a binder for the cannabinoids so they distribute throughout the tea.

Next add the cannabis and the teabag/loose-leaf tea. Allow to boil for 7 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. To boost the potency, you can add additional trim, stems, or flower during this step.

After 10 minutes, the tea should be thoroughly infused. Remove from heat and remove the teabag. Now it’s time to filter out the plant matter from your tea. Using a teapot, it’s easy to secure a coffee filter around the spout with a rubber band or place the filter inside the teapot. If you used a saucepan, secure the coffee filter over the top of a mug to strain the tea. Another option is to use a tea infuser for the cannabis and/or loose tea.

Voila, you’re ready to enjoy infused weed tea. Feel free to add any milk, cinnamon, honey, or lemon as desired. Sweet additions such as honey or sugar are popular choices to mask the distinct weedy flavor. Follow your heart and taste buds and enjoy!

Other weed tea recipes

Boiling your herb in hot water isn’t the only way to brew weed tea. You can also simply place cannabis butter or cannabis oil, such as infused coconut oil or products purchased directly from a licensed dispensary, in your beverage and allow it to dissolve in the hot water. Mix infused butter or oil with a teabag of choice, allow it to steep, and enjoy it with any milk, spice, honey, or sugar you desire.

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How to Make Cannabis Tea

Try a New Way to Prepare Your Bud.

by Macey W. – August 23, 2019

Cannabis tea is a soothing and simple way to consume weed, though it’s not as easy as throwing some buds in hot water. This drink will warm you up and take effect within the time expected for edibles (anywhere from half an hour to a couple of hours) and have a longer-lasting effect than smoked weed.

Want to wake and bake without lighting up? Brew yourself a cup of cannabis tea, a discreet and relaxing way to get your fix.

If you’re running late, you won’t be able to brew a quick cup of weed tea on your way out the door. Making cannabis tea is an easy process but it will require a bit of patience and time.

There are a few types of cannabis tea you can make. For the sake of this piece, we’re going to stick to the kind that will provide psychoactive effects, rather than a tea of leaves and flowers with hot water that may be soothing but won’t get you high.


  • Marijuana buds
  • Coconut oil, butter, or other fat
  • Water for boiling
  • Tea ball or tea bag for filling


1. Boil the Water

You’ll want to bring the water to a boil in a pot rather than with a kettle, because you’ll need to heat the cannabis in water for longer than you would making regular tea. While you’re waiting for the water to reach a boil on the stovetop, you can move to step two.

2. Grind Your Bud

This is not the time for picking your weed apart with your fingers. You want well-grounded flower to allow more surfaces for cannabinoid activation. The amount you use will depend on how big of a batch you plan to make and your own tolerance. If you’re not sure, start with under a gram and see how intense the effects are so you can adjust your next batch.

3. Prepare for Activation

THC needs to bind with fats to become bioavailable. If you skip this step, you’ll successfully make yourself a cannabis tea that will not produce a high.

Mix your ground buds with coconut oil or butter, thoroughly covering your flower without oversaturating it. A teaspoon or so should do the trick. Now scoop your buttered goods and place them in a tea ball or if you have a bag of tea, you can open the top, shove in the cannabis, and seal it shut.

4. Steep the Tea

Now drop the tea ball or bag into the water and bring to a low boil. It’s a good idea to leave your cannabis steeping in water for at least 30 minutes to ensure it has activated. If you’re in a pinch, 15 minutes has been found sufficient to activate the cannabinoids.

Some of the water will evaporate during the boiling process, so it’s always a good idea to add more than you’re planning to drink. If you don’t have a tea ball or filter you can put your contents in, you could also pour the ground cannabis and fat mixture into the water directly and strain it out (or eat, yum) after you’ve boiled the contents.

5. Enjoy

Once your tea has steeped for at least 15 minutes, you should be good to go. Unless you’ve got a palate that appreciates the natural flavor of weed, it’s a good idea to dress up the tea to your liking.

You can add milk and sugar to make it better but another option is to mix other tea with it, so it’s not overwhelmingly flavored by cannabis. You could open a bag of your favorite tea, add your cannabis and fat mixture straight to it, and enjoy the combination of flavors when the tea is ready.

Remember, cannabis tea is akin to edibles. Don’t expect to be feeling effects within ten minutes, and certainly don’t brew yourself another cup if you’re nervous it won’t affect you. Wait at least an hour and see how it goes. If you don’t ever feel effects, you didn’t fully activate your tea.

Other Options For Cannabis Tea

To ensure you’re making yourself a strong cup of tea, you may want to decarb your weed before making the tea. Decarboxylation involves baking the ground bud at about 225 degrees for 30 minutes.

Decarbing your weed before making tea will ensure that you’re going to feel the effects. Of course, if you followed all the steps above properly, boiling the cannabis and fat in water should be enough to activate it, a common complaint from people making weed tea for the first time is that it wasn’t activated, most likely because it wasn’t boiled for long enough. Decarbing bypasses that risk.

You’ll still need to add butter so THC can bind to the fats and become bioavailable for the consumer.

If you already have cannabutter on hand, you can easily just dissolve some into your teacup and enjoy cannabis tea that way. This involves no other preparation because the cannabutter has already been prepared.

Weed tea doesn’t taste particularly good, but it will get the job done if prepared properly. That doesn’t mean you can’t spice it up and make it more palatable. Try mixing cannabis with your favorite tea, milk, and sugar to make a better tasting tea. Matcha or chai is a good choice for this because matcha has a strong flavor and the spices in chai draw attention away from the weed flavor. Add sweetener and milk and you’re golden. Ooh..or make cannabis golden milk!

Want to wake and bake without lighting up? Brew yourself a cup of cannabis tea, a discreet and relaxing way to get your fix. Cannabis tea is a soothing and simple way to consume weed.